As the Friends cast came together once again for Friends: The Reunion, we explore how much the cast made for the special episode.
Friends is one of the best-loved shows of all time. Airing from 1994 to 2004, the NBC series made stars of Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry.
The main cast now have a combined net worth of around $810 million. This figure increases each year, thanks to Friends reruns and other acting endeavours.
But how much did the cast get paid for Friends: The Reunion? Let’s take a look at their salaries.
How much did the Friends cast make for the reunion?
- Over $2.5 million
Earlier this month, Variety reported that each cast member appearing on Friends: The Reunion would be taking home at least $2.5 million for the special episode.
This was confirmed by sources close to the project, although the figure now could be estimated higher.
Although this is a huge sum for a one-off episode, this pales in comparison to the yearly revenue each Friends cast member takes away from reruns.
How much do the Friends cast make from rerun episodes?
- $20 million
It is thought that each Friends cast member takes home at least $20 million per year from old episodes of Friends airing.
According to USA Today, Warner Brothers makes a huge $1 billion each year from Friends from syndication rights. Each Friends star takes home just 2% of that figure, although that amounts to $20 million per cast member, per year.
How to watch Friends: The Reunion
The Friends reunion special aired on Thursday, May 27th 2021 on HBO Max. It was hosted by James Corden and featured a number of celebrity guests including David Beckham, Lady Gaga, as well as other familiar faces from the Friends world.
The episode is titled The One Where They Get Back Together, in the typical Friends style.
Currently, HBO Max is only available to those living in the United States, so cannot be accessed by viewers around the world.
For UK viewers, Friends: The Reunion also aired on Sky. It will be available to stream on Sky Go or NOW TV.